I wrote you sometime since to say to Mrs. Carter not to expect me till I should inform her I was better. Yesterday I had another attack in the region of the heart which frustrates me. So please tell her not to keep rooms for me till I write again. I may not be able to go to Washington as I hoped. But I don not yet despair. My physician tells me he can cure me in a few weeks thoroughly. He says the affection is from sympathy with the liver & will be relieved. I had been treated for the wrong complaint.
I am in great suspense about Virginia. If our friends there had made an open organization & got rid of the secrecy, I should have had no apprehensions. In Wilmington when we had near 500 majority last year with an open ticket, a secret nomination almost ruined us. We elected the mayor by only 30 majority & lost the treasurer by 80.